Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 17,046
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $312.27 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 D $5 MS obverse 1857 D $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage of only 17,046 coins suggests an issue that is quite rare, and that is indeed the case for the 1857-D half eagle. Most of the coins seen for the date are only Very Fine or Extremely Fine. High-grade examples appear at auction with some regularity, but most are in the low range of About Uncirculated. The strike for the 1857-D half eagle is sometimes weak, mostly on the central portions. There have been about two dozen examples of the 1857-D half eagle graded by the major grading services. Many of these have been graded only recently and are only marginally Mint State. The finest example of the date is probably the Duke’s Creek NGC MS 63 coin. The Smithsonian also possesses a nice Mint State example of the issue.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1857 D $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 99
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/25/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1070, 1070/Lot# 1302 $6,330.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1158 $11,500.00
9/6/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4932 $1,527.50
1/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6686 $9,987.50
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1280 $11,750.00
9/7/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4672 $2,350.00
1/4/2017 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6793 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1749198521542417269530993149358138944255472961096830819533333333
1828204122422510283031163293368540144413518963497285819533333330
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0000003437379041354571564965907740819533333300
1857 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658188620482302257029603009342737304080453958796581791033333333
1734194021332391270029763148352838474233498661137024791033333330
0000003148352838474233498661137024791033333300
0000003288362939634386543263477467791033333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4539
Owner: leeper
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
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